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Debbie Johnson, CEO

Debbie Johnson, CEO and a Woman of Influence

Our CEO, Debbie Johnson is named a “Woman of Influence” for 2019!

Well, we knew that!

KRQE Interview


Founder/CEO Debbie Johnson and Board President Tommie Bedford                               1518 Girard Blvd. Albuquerque, NM 87107

Sew4Real launch of Mobile Mending Unit caught by KOB4 News!

(Middle: link to video; Far right: See our Sew4Real page)

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Together we Love

produced 2018 by Daniel Olufemi

DVRC Leadership Award, October 23, 2018

Debbie Johnson, our CEO, and 6 others received these; what a great honor!



With a special note from our great friend, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham


September 2018

CEO Debbie Johnson (center right) receiving a PNM Century of Service Award

Amazing New Mexico Non-Profits For Women You Need To Know About ASAP

By LizLayton 12/17/2015

Albuquerque News


Notice in Albuquerque Community Foundation newsletter:








Chispa, which means “spark” in Spanish, is an award intended to honor nonprofits that shine a light in the communities they serve, and that accomplish a lot with a little. TenderLove is one of eight organizations recognized by New Mexico Community Foundation | NMCF and NewMexicoWomen.Org  for 2015.

At right:  Volunteers for TenderLove Community Center pose with staff from after receiving the CHISPA award






TenderLove staff pose with staff for CHISPA award

Dr. Mary McCleod Bethune Award

Our Executive Director Debbie Johnson received the Dr. Mary McCleod Bethune Award of Achievement from the National Council of Negro Women Albuquerque Section December 5, 2015

In April, 2015, we received an award from the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness for Most Innovative Idea!